A Ukrainian art exhibition in New Jersey highlights artists from kyiv.
The paintings are striking, some on a large scale, as if the artists were shouting “freedom” – and in fact they were.
“This show is an excellent testimony to Ukrainian artists who have forged their identity during a very trying moment of transition”, says Olena Martynyuk.
Martynyuk is curator of “Painting In Excess: Kyiv’s Art Revival”. The work was created between 1985 and 1993, which is significant because during those years Ukraine emerged from the grip of the former Soviet Union and artists were able to express themselves more openly.
Abstract works were once banned by the government, she says. But as Martynyuk looks back on that time, she thinks a lot about today.
Julia Tulovsky helped set up the exhibit. She is Russian and Curator of Russian Art at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. The two held the show long before their respective countries went to war, but the conflict sparked new public interest in the art.
“I think it is very important to highlight the uniqueness and peculiarities of Ukraine and Ukrainian culture through this particular exhibition,” says Tulovsky.
About sixty works are exhibited. The exhibit has been extended and is open to the public through April 10 at the Zimmerli Art Museum on the Rutgers New Brunswick campus. Free entry.